About a month has passed since then.
The social gathering at the Brad family’s mansion was currently ongoing. And, for some reason, I was also brought to the mansion filled with this island’s nobility.
“…how did this happen?”
Rose expected her dress to be popular at the party so she suggested I make something for myself to wear and draw interest from the male nobles. I created a simple tuxedo and tailcoat for myself and sketched out a few other dress designs to show to the guests.
Of course, I had the option to not attend, but…Rose told me, “The person that made the clothes should be there to show them off.”
And so —
“Uuuh…Master~. You’re making me wear such a lewd dress to a party filled with nobles. You really are a brute.”
We were standing in a corner at the party. Claudia was currently staring at me with an embarrassed look on her face.
I used the same words Rose said to me to convince her to come.
Claudia’s dress exposed her cleavage from above and below. Her shoulders were also exposed. It was a strapless evening dress with an asymmetric skirt.
With this design, if I wrap my arm around her shoulder I can easily grab her chest, and if I put my arm around her waist I can feel her butt.
…well, this dress was entirely designed for my own enjoyment.
However, she would look like a prostitute wearing something like that in this world so I also made her a bolero to wear over it.
Even with this covering her top, it still shows a lot of skin, and we’ve heard people talking about how erotic her dress is…. Well, Claudia does enjoy being embarrassed so she probably enjoys wearing it.
“Master, are you thinking something rude right now? Are you thinking I enjoy wearing this?”
“Stop reading my mind.”
“…if you stare at me with such lecherous eyes, of course, I’m going to know what you’re thinking.”
I ignored her and pretended to be fascinated with something on the other side of the room.
After that, we continued talking at our meeting place for a few minutes before a commotion coming from the crowd interrupted us. A couple appeared at the top of the stairs leading into the hall.
It was Ares with a woman I didn’t recognize, but I did recognize her dress.
“…it seems that they’ve attempted to copy my design.”
My original dress was designed to fit Rose’s cute yet sexy image but their dress had been changed to fit the more voluptuous body of this woman.
Compared to other dresses I’ve seen in this world, this dress is of a much higher quality.
Sasha had joined the enemy side because she believed that was the best way to protect Claudia. It seems she was more skilled than I, or anyone at Wells-san’s shop, believed.
This was made clear based on the high-quality of the dress that was clear to me even from this distance.
“ — What do you think about my dress?”
I suddenly heard a voice behind me. I turned to see a girl dressed like a servant. It was Sasha.
“Sa-Sasha, what are you doing here?”
“Ojou-sama, it’s been a while…. W-Why are you wearing such a lewd dress?”
“~~~Don’t just say it so blatantly.”
Claudia shyly fidgeted while trying to do the impossible task of covering herself up. I was staring at Claudia’s cute movements when I noticed Sasha staring at me.
It seems she was able to guess I made Claudia’s dress.
“…you really are the worst.”
“Well…I can’t deny that.”
“What do you mean you can’t deny it!? How can you force Ojou-sama to wear such revealing clothes that she clearly hates…?”
“– Sa-Sasha! What are you doing here anyway!?”
Claudia panicked and her face turned crimson.
Ah~, I wonder if she’s getting excited hearing Sasha point out how revealing her dress is.
“I’m here as a representative of Rennis’ Clothing Shop. Ares-sama asked me to come if anyone wished to know more about the dress.”
“Oh…so you’ve completely betrayed us then.”
“I won’t deny that. But I’ll do whatever I have to in order to save Ojou-sama from you.”
“…like I told you before, I’m not forcing her to do anything she doesn’t want to do….”
“Don’t waste your time lying to me. I saw what you did to Ojou-sama in your workroom.”
…she saw what we were doing in my workroom? Is that the reason Sasha betrayed us in the first place?
“I-Isn’t that different?”
“How is that different? I could see how embarrassed Ojou-sama was. I’m sure you hated it, right Ojou-sama?”
“Eh? No, umm, you just don’t understand some things.”
Claudia stumbled over her words.
That’s…well, it’s true. Claudia sometimes likes to act as if I’m forcing her to do things because it gets her even more excited. We’ll sometimes act like I’ve cornered her in a public place and, at any moment, someone could spot us — it’s not like I can explain that to Sasha.
Claudia’s teary eyes were looking at me as if to say, “Please save me, Master.” I really can’t use Claudia’s perversions as an excuse to clear up this misunderstanding.
As I thought this, a familiar noise interrupted us once more.
“Eh, what’s with all the noise…? No way….”
Sasha looked around before gasping after witnessing someone at the top of the stairs. I turned to see Rose and couldn’t stop myself from gasping as well.
Her gold and blue eyes shined brilliantly. A beautiful girl with golden twintails was wearing a lacey black and white gothic lolita dress.
The embroidery around the hem of the skirt was made by Rose using her inscription magic.
With Rose’s beauty and the dress’ quality, she was the focus of everyone at the party.
“…no way. That dress…what is it?”
Words of disbelief left Sasha’s mouth, and then, she grabbed onto my arm.
“Be quiet and come with me.”
She pulled my arm and walked me out of sight of Rose. I was surprised but couldn’t do anything to resist due to my Feminist skill. I looked at Claudia and begged her to follow.
She pulled me out of the hall and didn’t stop until we were some distance down the corridor.
“…why did we have to come all the way out here?”
“Because I didn’t want to draw attention if we made too much noise in the hall…. So what’s with that dress?”
“What do you mean…?”
“The design you drew was amazing but it shouldn’t have been possible for you to actually make it.”
“But I did.”
“That much is clear. I’ve never seen nor heard of someone making a dress using whatever the draping method is!”
Sasha pulled on my arm and brought her face within inches of mine. I was unsure of how to answer her. There’s obviously no way I can teach someone that’s helping the enemy how to drape.
“Are you surprised? That’s the final design of the dress Master made using pattern paper.”
“Really…is that true?”
“Yep. Thanks to Master, that dress turned out wonderful. Of course, the method he used to make it is secret…. Now, do you realize how truly amazing my master is?”
“…he really did do an amazing job reproducing his original sketch.”
“Exactly. And that’s also part of the reason why I choose to follow him willingly. Master is a massive pervert, which is something that has always bothered me, but I am falling in love with his passion for tailoring.”
…this girl. She’s trying to make it seem like I was the instigator whenever we messed around in my workroom. Two-thirds of the time she was always the one starting things, distracting me from working.
I can’t do anything about it now, but I’ll be sure she receives proper punishment later.
As I thought this, I noticed a familiar man on the other side of the corridor. He marched down the corridor with a look of complete fury on his face.
“Sasha, what is the meaning of this!?”
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about, Ares-sama.”
“Don’t feign ignorance! It’s about the dress that you made! Clearly, the dress Rose is wearing is far superior!”
“I’m very sorry but it seems I wasn’t skilled enough.”
“Liar! You’ve been trying to sabotage me from the beginning!”
“Of course that isn’t true. I put my all into making that dress as beautiful as possible.”
“You impudent girl! Do you think I’ll allow you to get away with this!?”
Enraged, Ares rushed towards Sasha. It will be bad if I allow this to continue. With this thought in mind, I placed myself in front of Sasha.
“What do you think you’re — Oh, you’re that boy! I see. So Sasha was working with you!”
“No, we just happened to meet at the party.”
“As if I would believe such an obvious lie!”
If I was capable of making this dress from the beginning, why would I have Sasha give Ares my dress designs? It just made things harder for me even though the same was result was reached.
It may be due to his yandere trait that he won’t listen to my words.
“…I don’t care whether you believe it or not, but if you keep raising your voice, you’re bound to draw attention.”
There’s a large party going on not far from here. Even if this corridor is empty, if we make too much noise, it’s likely we’ll draw the attention of the guards.
“Ku, you…. I’ve had enough of this for now. Sasha, you’ll take responsibility for this later.”
“If you truly think I’m at fault, I would rather take responsibility now.”
Following Ares’ words, Sasha pulled out a knife as she said this.
…wait, a knife?
What’s she going to do with that…. I feel like I’ve been in this situation before — is she going to stab me!? However, I was worried about the wrong person. Sasha raised the knife and slowly brought it across her own throat.
As a crimson fan of blood erupted from her throat, her body crumpled to the floor.
Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.